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Xanthorrhoea arborea

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Photo by J. Saines.

Photo by J. Saines.

Author: Robert Brown, 1810
Origin:  Australia; New South Wales
Soil:  Sand - Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  17-20 Centimetres
Height:  1,5-2,5 Meters
Flower:  White
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Black Boy, Broad Leafed Grass Tree
Synonyms:  -

This member of the Xanthorrhoeaceae family was described by Robert Brown in 1810. It is found in the open forests of New South Wales in Australia, growing in sand or limestone. It can be found in protected areas, receiving some water and some rain. The stem can eventually grow to one or even two meters in height and 17-20 centimetres in diameter. The plentiful flowers are white.

The genera name from the Greek xanthos; 'yellow' and rheo; 'to flow', referring to the yellow gum that can be extracted. The species name means 'tree-like'.

*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Xanthorrhoeaceae is now part of the Asphodelaceae.

Photo by J. Saines.